Want to escape the humdrum of daily life? Hyderabad boasts of beautiful parks, gardens, lakes, and resorts where you can spend a memorable time with your family and friends. Here are some picnic spots that you can visit in Hyderabad:
Being one of the world’s largest integrated film studio complex, Ramoji Film City is a popular tourist destination located at about 25 km from Hyderabad. This Film City, spread across 2,000 acres of land, is studded with gorgeous hills, lakes, gardens, hotels and other unique structures reflecting the magic and allure of Indian cinema. Ramoji Film City is a dream destination not just for film-makers but also for tourists who can have unlimited fun and entertainment here. The extraordinary gardens, glamorous sets and lavish locales, all offer an out-of-the-world experience. You can spend your time relaxing at Hotel Sitara or Hotel Tara, the 2 popular luxury hotels inside the film city, or visit Parade – the amusing prop shop – where you can check out costumes of your favorite stars, or explore Shangri-la – the film city’s nursery – and buy some exotic plants. You can also treat yourself to some pampering herbal massages and spas in Samson & Delilah, one of Asia’s best equipped health clubs.
The Nehru Zoological Park is a paradise for all wildlife enthusiasts. It is located at a distance of about 16 km from Hyderabad in the Bahadupur region. This zoo, extending over 400 acres of lush green land, houses over 250 different species of animals and birds, kept under conditions simulating their natural habitats. Here you can spot the Indian Rhino, African and Indian lions, tigers, panthers, jackals, American bison, antelopes, black bucks and various indigenous animals. One major attraction in the Nehru Zoological park is the lion safari park. There is also a natural history museum and a children’s park. For all the bird lovers, the Miralam Tank is a nice place to check out some rare species of migratory birds. The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation has also started ferry boats and speed boats in Nehru Zoological Park which is attracting a huge crowd these days.
Shamirpet lake is a beautiful man-made lake which was built during the Nizam reign. It is located at a distance of about 27 km from Hyderabad. The Shamirpet Deer Park beside the lake houses different species of deer in their natural habitat. The serene environment of this place makes it a perfect picnic spot. The lake also attracts a large flock of migratory birds. Several cottages around the lake, created by the Andra Pradesh Forest Department, are also available for tourist accommodation.
Located at about 17 km from Hyderabad is Runway 9, the largest and only international go-karting center with a length of 711 metres, lit up by 50,000-watt power white metal halide lamps. At Runway 9 you can indulge in all kinds of delightful recreational activities like go-karting, snooker, archery, shooting, and roller skating. There are also some fast food restaurants and exclusive party areas around where you can spend some relaxing time with your family and friends.
The NTR Gardens adjoining the Hussain Sagar Lake is a popular tourist destination in Hyderabad. The garden houses a Memorial of Late Shri N.T. Rama Rao, former chief minister, with an impressive work of of architecture. Apart from being an excellent place for spending a relaxed evening, NTR Gardens also provides various options for recreation such as the Japanese garden, car cafe, children’s play area, bowling alley and other places where visitors can have a fun time.
Less than an hour’s drive from Hyderabad city is Shilparamam, an arts and crafts village showcasing brilliant art works and handicrafts of artists from all over the country. Spread over 50 acres of undulating landscape with lush green expanses, majestic rock structures and cascading waterfalls, this enchanting village houses a crafts museum, cultural museum, art gallery, library, multipurpose auditorium, research & design center and displays a plethora of art and craft works ranging from pottery, paintings and sculptures to jewellery and clothes. There is also an amphitheater inside Shilparamam where stage performances, plays and music concerts are organized. Various cultural festivals are held in Shilparamam every year, like the International Kite Festival, Navarathri, South India Festival, Sankranthi Sandadi, Ugadi, Annual Crafts Festival, etc.
To know more about the interesting places to visit in Hyderabad, check out Hyderabad Visitor’s Guide.